Tyson Foods Press Release
Springdale, Ark. - April 22,
2005 - Efforts to preserve two and a half acres of urban wetland
prairie in south Fayetteville have received the support of Tyson
The company is contributing $25,000
to the cause, which will help the Town Branch Neighborhood Association
and the City of Fayetteville buy the property located at the corner
of Duncan Avenue and 11th Street.
Once the land is purchased, Audubon
Arkansas will begin the restoration process by removing unwanted
plants from the property. The group will later replant grasses and
trees that are native to such a wetland.
A public viewing area with picnic
tables and a kiosk with information about the site are also planned.
In addition, the university and local schools are expected to use
the area as an outdoor laboratory, where students will be able to
learn about the native plants, grasses and wildlife.
"We're pleased to be part of this
project, which will help restore this unique property and make it
available for our community to enjoy and appreciate," said Jimmy
Mardis, group director of Environmental Operations for Tyson Foods.
"Our support is consistent with Tyson's 'Core Values,' which call
for us to serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment
entrusted to us."
"We're proud to participate in the
effort to preserve this land for future generations," said John
Tyson, chairman and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods. "Our
donation is also another way we can demonstrate our commitment to
"We appreciate Tyson's support as
we raise the funds needed to buy this land and begin transforming
it into its original state," said Melissa Terry, Northwest Arkansas
conservation director for Audubon Arkansas.
An added benefit of the wetland
prairie project is its role in collecting storm water. Since the
ground acts like a sponge, holding water over a long period of time,
it can be especially beneficial in the collection of storm water
in an urban setting.
Tyson Foods, Inc. [NYSE: TSN], founded
in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world's
largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork and the
second-largest food company in the Fortune 500. The company produces
a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products, which
are marketed under the "Powered by Tyson" strategy.
Tyson is the recognized market leader
in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, providing products
and service to customers throughout the United States and more than
80 countries. Tyson has approximately 114,000 Team Members employed
at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and
around the world.
This press release was originally
posted at http://www.tysonfoodsinc.com/corporate/news/viewNews.asp?article=1726